By Madelaine B. Miraflor, Manila Bulletin
Metropolitan Water Works and Sewerage System (MWSS) stressed the need for collaborative effort and a well-crafted masterplan in order to pull off the massive Manila Bay rehabilitation.
MWSS Administrator Reynaldo V. Velasco said that while he supports the ongoing rehabilitation at Manila Bay, which is being led by Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, there is still a need for a masterplan to address the wastewater problems in Metro Manila.
“I strongly recommend that a masterplan, which should have been done long time ago, is needed right now to properly address the sewerage and waste problems in Mega Manila,” Velasco said.
As part of the rehabilitation, Velasco said he already tasked its two concessionaires, Manila Water Company Inc. (PSE: MWC) and Maynilad Water Services Inc., to reengineer and fast-track their roadmap to provide wastewater treatment facilities to help arrest the deterioration of Manila Bay waters.
“The rehabilitation of Manila Bay waters is a shared responsibility and does not depend only on the two water concessionaires,” Velasco said, adding that local government units and ordinary citizens have to do their share.